Why I Blog: theunfetteredpreacher

I thought I wanted to write a book. (About Jesus in the Old Testament). The woman I hired to proof read and edit, told me I should start a blog.

She thought the blog would help me correct my spelling and grammar. (If only it had. lol).

A blog? I had never read one, visited one or thought of bloggers at all.

Then I checked into it. Some wrote well, others, badly, but people read them, their voices were heard, Some had 12 followers, others had thousands.

Being the mighty man of Faith, I am, I decided if theunfetteredpreacher, was available, as a site, it would be a sign from God, to go for it.

I had bought a Tablet, so I could take pictures and write from my favorite chair, so I jumped in.

I desired to write, Biblical Teachings, that were not influenced by Denominational Rituals, Ceremonies or Doctrine.

I did not care what others taught, I longed to teach the Bible.

I believed then as I do now, the Church is Powerless, ineffective, and a hindrance to the building of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Why? We follow, Luther, Calvin or Wesley, when we should be following Christ.

People are encouraged to join a Church, a Denomination, a Fellowship, believe like us. We have the Truth…

No one has cornered the Truth, we all have a piece, a snippet, a revelation, that needs to be shared.

When we only deal with Our Denominations teaching, we miss out on so much truth.

Our God is bigger then what our Denominations teach.

We need to know what the Word says, not what anyone teaches.

The Word has to be the final authority.

Sadly, most of us do not search for ourselves, the truth of God’s Word. We rely on our Pastors Interpretation.

Very often, His Interpretation, came from another man. So you are learning something third hand, when we are responsible to know ourselves.

Let what you learn from others, spark your interest, to search the Scriptures to see if it be true.

Only then, do you become a follower of Christ, instead of following man.

What is my responsibility as “theunfetteredpreacher”? The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

The last few weeks I have gotten some wonderful feed back, about some of my blog posts. 

My purpose and my prayer is that this blog brings people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

Being brought up Catholic, I had heard the Bible stories, believed Jesus died for me and yet never knew I could know Him.

After much prayer, that if He (God), was real I wanted to know a God of Power, not just of hot wind. 

He brought me to Christian Retreat in Bradenton Fla.  

They believed and taught me for 3 years, as I worked as a cook, to study the Word for myself, with out Denominational Glasses.

When I first left school, I thought you needed to believe like I do, or you were not a good Christian.   Thank God, I grew out of that.

As I found truth in the word I had not been taught I was excited, it was new revelation to me.  My eyes were opened, some others were not excited.

We find all sorts of Denominations that do not except the truth of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today. 

Where in my understanding, Jesus told us to wait to receive, so we would be equiped for the ministry.  This includes all the Gifts in 1 Cor. 12-14, Eph. and Romans.

So I find myself knowing, reading and learning from the KJ only people, Baptists, Catholics, Prosperity Preachers, even the UMC, where I play piano, lead praise (not so much now), and teach OT.

I feed on the truth… backed up by 2 or 3 scriptures, chuckle at some harmless bad Doctrine and throw out the dangerous Doctrine.

In my old age I have realized, if we agree we love and serve Jesus, the rest is the color in Gods garden.   He made us all as we are, and loves us even if we are wrong, if our hearts are right.

I leave you with these three scriptures…

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

If you meet the above criteria, you are my brother.  It  is your responsibility to study to shew yourself approved, rightly dividing the word of truth.

So don’t take my word, or another mans word, as the ultimate truth;  KNOW FOR YOURSELF, WHAT TO BELIEVE BY THE STUDY OF THE WORD.  

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Lord, I pray I lead no one anywhere, except closer to You.   Amen

Elijah, a man of God 3: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

We are looking at Elijah and the widow woman from 1 Kings 17.  If you would like to see how he got here,  otherwise briefly:

He was beside a brook, exactly where he was told to be by the Lord.  Food provided by Ravens, and all the water he could drink.

Until, because of the drought, the brook dried up. 

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,   Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:”

The Prophet of God, he has the Gift of Faith, now receiving another Word of Knowledge and a Word of Wisdom.

behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

Elijah was an Israelite, he knew the law and this was not right.  He knew the Lords commands to care for widows and the fatherless.

Yet his instructions are clear, go, the widow will feed, clothe, give him a place to lay his head.

This colors the way he approached her.  He didn’t request water, but asked for a little drink,  he didn’t ask for a meal, but a morsel, (a small amont), of bread.

He met her where she was.

This is a lesson we all must learn.  Not asking people for more than they have to give.  This is true of offerings, physical assistence, prayers and especially Salvation.

A lot of folks might come to the Lord if, we weren’t trying to clean them up first.  “Quit that lifestyle, then come and join us at church.”

Jesus met them where they were,  opened their eyes to the possibilities of a better life, health, wealth, peace, joy.

It wasn’t till they asked questions, did he bring up their faults and offer forgiveness.

Asking for little the woman replied:

As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Where she was:
She had no cake  –  just a handful of meal and a little oil.

She was gathering “2” sticks.  (It must have been vary little supply, to be cooked with only 2 sticks).

That we might eat, all that we have, there was no hope,  in her, for life, only to die.  

She said this in an oath to Elijahs God, not her Canaanite God.

Yet, Elijah once again speaks a Word of Knowledge:
Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

A test; feed me first. 

We face this test daily, does God come first in our lives.  Do we first obey Him, then attend to our desires?   I would like to think I do, but in reality,… nope.

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.”

This another Word of Knowledge, the meal and oil will not run out.  The Word of Wisdom, feed me first.

And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”

She went and did according to the Word of the Lord, through His Prophet. 

The Lord watched over His Word.

We might see this Working of Miracles, God moving in our midst, if we would only learn to listen and obey.

Elijah, a man of God 2: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As we take another look at Elijah, a quick reminder of what went before.

He appears out of nowhere, a nobody, an unknown who finds himself before the King of all the land.  (An evil King at that)

He is a Prophet of the Lord, he has a Word of Knowledge from the Lord, and he has the Gift of Faith, from the Lord and boldly proclaims, to this evil King. (Ahab)

As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Picture that, speaking to the King… There are no lightning bolts, earth quakes, darkness covering the earth, or even a loud voice from heaven.

Just your words…  (no signs, wonders or miracles confirming your words). 

Just the King, his mouth open in amazement,   his body guards, frozen in place, not reacting to stop this nobody, who is suddenly here in front of the King , rebucking the King…

An angry King, with the power to have you arrested, imprisoned, beheaded.

Wouldn’t this be a good time for the Lord to show himself strong on your behalf?

The Lord didn’t think so, instead he told Elijah:

Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith

What?  Go hide?  I just, in Faith, spoke Your word, rebuked the most powerful man in my world, and all You do is tell me to GO HIDE?

Well not quite, the Lord also told him:

And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.  So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.” 

God is Awesome, able to meet our needs by using Ravens if He so chooses.  Why do we get so excited when times get lean? 

Where is our Faith?

Did the Lord not promise, He would never leave us or forsake us?  Did you not read, My God shall supply  all my needs?  Or the Lord is my Sheperd, I shall not want?

As I write this, it is the first of the month, my mortgage is due along with all my other monthly obligations. 

I’ve not the money to pay, or the work lined up to make The money I need to pay.

And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”

I’ve been here, where God sent me, doing Gods will, and now the brook has dried up. 

What’s going on Lord, have I sinned?

What did I do, to be here, lacking, my basic needs?

You promised You would provide, what’s up?

Now, I know I am no Elijah, and it seems I am not a rain maker. 

In my case, I believe I was sent to this little God loving and loved by God church, to lead them to more.

More Power, More Joy, More Jesus, More Life, More Peace, health, wisdom, grace….

They listen, nod their heads and say:  “If God wanted us to have that, He would have given it to us.”

Never to realize, they had to ask for salvation, before receiving it.  It is the same with the Gifts of the Spirit.  We must ask, let God know He is our provider, let Him know we know His word and will.  Seek the best Gift.

The best gift is the Gift needed now.   ASK, SEEK, KNOCK…

Do not stop until you receive.  An answer.  Yes, No or latter.

In Elijahs case, God had more for him to do elsewhere.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,   Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:

A new chapter is awaiting him as he obeys the voice of the Lord.

Do you feel like you are stuck, that there is little or no forward motion in your life?  Have you ignored the voice of the Lord?

Maybe it is time to move on in His will, to a new chapter in your life.

Seek Him, prayerfully.   Amen

Elijah, a man of God 1: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

I hesitate to write this post, but my Wednesday night Bible study has reached 1 Kings 17, this week, so it has been on my heart and mind.

I hesitate, because my friend Wally Fry, from Truth in Palmya, is already doing an excellent study on Elijah – How one man made a difference.

I have enjoyed reading his thoughts and teachings, and I urge you to check it out for yourselves.

So, I humbly submit my thoughts on this, my favorite Biblical figure.

1 Kings 17
King James Version (KJV)
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”

The first thing that tickles my fancy is, this man Elijah, comes out of nowhere, A nobody, we know nothing of his back story, yet here he is confronting the most powerful man in Israel, the King, Ahab.

In chapter 16 we read that:  “Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.  And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.”

As it is today, it was a light thing, nothing to worry about, of no consequence, for people to worship and serve the false gods of money, status and power. 

To ignore that which is right and true, for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, to be preferred.

We may wonder how Elijah came to know the Lords will, how he found access to the king and maybe most of all, where the boldness to speak this word, came from.

Elijah, unlike Abram, in Genisis 12, who we find, “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country,

The Lord had said,”  This implies more than once, the Lord spoke, told Abram, His will, His directions, before Abram was obedient. 

We see no recorded words of direction, to Elijah, he just appears on the scene, the faith and power of the Holy Spirit upon him to speak the Words of the Lord.

That is exactly what it was:  A Word of Knowledge, by the Gift of a Prophet:  “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”  Powered by the Gift of Faith.

A lesson on the Gifts of the Spirit, the Talents left by the Master to His servents, those who are expected to increase the Talents, (the Gifts), until His return.   wow…

That took Faith, a knowledge, a belief in the Lord, that is enviable.  I believe it is the Faith, the Lord would have us all, attain.

I believe it is recorded, not to leave us in awe, but to show us, what is possible to them that believe. 

We could walk in this place of power and obedience, fulfilling the will of God, but we don’t want it enough, to learn to sit at the Lords feet, to boldly enter in and reside in the Holy of Holies, under the shadow of the Almighty.

We gladly accept Salvation, forgiveness, justification.  We are happy that simple belief will keep us blameless before the Lord, through the precious blood of Jesus. 

Not because of anything we do, but because of what He did.

How many of us are diligent, persistent, faithful in the renewing of our minds, hiding His Words in our hearts, to become holy, knowing the good, aceptable and perfect will of the Lord, which is, our reasonable service.

The Faith of Elijah,  the Power, the signs and wonders, why aren’t we seeing them today?

Where is the God of Elijah, today?”   

2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

Is that you?  Is your heart perfect toward Him?  Do you believe, would you dare to rebuke the King of His sin? 

The measure of Faith you have received, needs to be built up, enlarged and released, for the glory of God.  

According to your Faith, so be it.

Watch out though, after being obedient,  Elijah heard:  “Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide.”

Be ready to retreat, to hide, to be able to fight another day. 

Obedience to the Lord, may not be a pleasent place, just the place of power and truth, the place I long to stand.  

How about you?

Did more to provoke the LORD God: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

1 Kings: 16. 33.
And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.”

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We are repeating this moment of Israels history.  The northern kingdom had many evil kings, the next worse then the last.

We now meet Ahab and Jezebel, openly worshiping and sacrificing to Baal, a false God. 

It had become no big deal, for all of Israel, to walk in and practice sin. 

If it seems right in our eyes… it is.

God sent in Elijah and a drought. 
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Asa’s heart was perfect: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As a comment to my post:  “In the time of his old age:”  my friend “janjoy52” commented:

“2 Chronicles 16 said Asa went to a foreign king to pay for helping rid Israel’s army. God sent His prophet to say if He handled Asa’s enemies before who were greater in number than Israel’s army why did he seek another (foreign) king and not Him in his distress. Asa rejected God’s word, punished and jailed God’s prophet. Then, the Bible points out, even with his painful feet Asa refused to ask for God’s help.”

She is absolutely correct, so how can the word tell us in 2 places that:

1 Kings 15:11-24
King James Version (KJV)
And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father.

But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the Lord all his days.

2 Chronicles 14:2
King James Version (KJV)
And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God:

2 Chronicles 15:17
King James Version (KJV)
But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

The answer is in the same verses.   “The high places were not taken away out of Israel:

Solomon, did the same thing (  “The high places were not taken away out of Israel:“), and the scriptures clearly tell us:

1 Kings 11:4
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

How could this be?  The same failure in both men, one, the wisest man the world has known. 

One heart turned, the other didn’t.  (Too many wives, I’d guess… lol… that’s what it says).

I know in my own life, when the Lord came into my life, I was delievered from this body of sin and death.

He immediately delivered me from addiction from nicotine, alcohol, and other bad habits.  I no longer craved these things.

12 years later… I decided a cigar would taste good.  It did.  I was addicted again for 18 years.

I loved the Lord, but I was knowingly doing something that He had delivered me from, that I knew He didn’t approve of.

I fought for years to quit, it took a time of prayer and fasting to be delivered, smoke free again, for 6 years, this time.

So, the truth is sin seperates us from God, but it may be, that it is not a sin unto death. 

The only sin that we can not be forgiven is not allowing Jesus to be our Savior and King.

Matthew 12:31-32
King James Version (KJV)
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

John 8:24
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”

1 John 5:15-17
King James Version (KJV)
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.”

I love the Lord, I sin differently, daily… but I ask the Lords forgiveness when I realize the state I am in.

We must know how to repent.  We must take responsibility, and not blame, “that women that You gave me.”

I believe if Adam had known repentance, God, Jesus, would never have had to sacrifice Himself to Jehovah, the Lord because the Lord forgives the contrite heart.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Learn to repent, to turn towards God and away from your sin, keep:  A heart this is perfect all your days. 

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I’ll look for you in heaven.  

In the time of his old age: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.

Is it crazy for me, to receive comfort and joy, from this scripture from 1 Kings 15? 

I know it doesn’t make sense, unless you’re an old guy who loves the Lord, and your feet hurt from arthritis.  (Yeah, that’s me.)

It’s not the fact, that someone had painful feet, that gives me joy, but, who had them.

And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father.

A Godly man, of the lineage of David.  He was a good King.  With diseased feet, how could this be?

Here is another man of God:

In chapter 14 of 1 Kings, we find the Lord, giving a word to Ahijah, his prophet who could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age.

A prophet of God, who could not see?

Why are these Godly men afflicted?

How about this?  The prophecy to Jeroboam, a wicked King of Israel,  and his wife about their sick child.  All of his family will die, but… only the child shall be mourned.

1 Kings 14:12-13
Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.

And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.”

All Israel will mourn for this baby for “in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel

How can these things be? 

Psalm 135:6
Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

My point?  Sickness, pain, troubles are not punishment from God, and may be allowed by God in our lives to test us and show the world, His love can give us the victory and conquer all our problems.

It is not important, the condition of this body.  My soul and heart, where are they.  Safe in the hands of Jesus, that is all that matters.

Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord,

What did he do?  Three things I will mention.

➙ As King, he stood against sin, in his country and removed it.

he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”

➙ As King, he stood against sin, in his family and removed it.

his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.”

➙ More importantly, he had a perfect heart.

Asa’s heart was perfect with the Lord all his days.”

If you are desirous, to lead a life pleasing to God… first, remove the  sin from your life and from your presence, turn your heart to God and walk with Him.

So what if you’re blind or your feet hurt.  Love and Serve your Lord, Trust, Rely and Praise Him for His mighty works and grace.

Amen

My Prayer

Psalm 139:1-4
O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.”

Lord,
I shutter in fear and shame, when I realize You have seached me, and known me.  That You know what I’ve done and what I will do.

You understand my most secret and sin-full thoughts, my doubts, my fears, my lusts, my anger, and my pain.

I cry.  Knowing You  love me, even while You know the worst of me. 

I will never understand, Your mercy and grace.  I am, at peace, in Your love.

I long to lead the lost to Your throne, that they should receive Your mercy and grace in their times of need.

I desire Your Holy Spirit to comfort the broken hearted and heal the hurting.

I long to Praise and Worship You, in Spirit and in truth, 

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Lord,
Lead and guide me, protect me, from the wickedness that still lies within.

Clean my heart, renew my mind by the washing of Your Word.  Return to me the joy of Thy Salvation, let not my slothful ways cause me to stray.

The path to the Holy of Holies, is the way I will walk. 

I seek Your face, Your love fills my heart.

I tremble in fear, for I know Lord, You’re near.

Lord, hear my cry, supply all my needs.

My deepest desire, is to love you my King, my Lord, and Most High. 

I would that my actions, my thoughts, and the words of my testimony, all please You.

Protect us O’ Lord from those who would flesse us, and cause us pain.

Amen

Are we Full Of Faith? Or Excuses?: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Faith, Trust and Obedience the legs upon which we rest, our Christian Doctrine. 

Is our life full of Faith and Power?  Do we really trust and obey?

Or do we live a life of excuses, explaining why the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers?

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Sometimes the answers seem far away, through a dark place, it’s scary and we try to comfort. 

We attempt to explain the workings of God.

We give Excuses for Gods, seemingly non-action.  He didn’t answer my prayer, there must be a reason. 

“If I’m not healed today,  I know that when I shut my eyes in death, I will be healed in heaven”.

If it be Thy will, Oh Lord.”

I know I will be healed in Gods time.”

Jesus gave two answers, when His Diciples asked:
Why could not we cast him (the evil spirit), out?

Jesus answered:
Because of your unbelief:
This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Lack of Faith, and fasting and prayer.

We are all given a measure of Faith. 

1 Samuel 2:35a
And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind:

To become that Faithful priest, we must build our Faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:20).  By reading, memorizing, meditating, speaking and hearing the Word of God.  (Romans 10:17)

Fasting and Prayer also builds our Faith, by drawing us closer to God.  He sees our desire to have more of Him, He understands we are serious.  He rewards those who diligently seek Him.  (Hebrews 11:6)

Our unbelief is the major reson for un-answered prayer.

“He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

“He marvelled because of their unbelief.”

“He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart,”

He said of Abraham:

“being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead,”

being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
(Romans 4) 

Are we fully persuaded?

Abraham believed God and it was counted to him, as righteousness. (Romans 4:3)

We must avoid the “evil heart of unbelief.”

Hebrews 3:12
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief,

They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.”  (Hebrews 3)

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”

So we see that they could not enter in (to His rest), because of unbelief.”

We must believe. 

Jesus healed all that were afflicted, when they came to Him.  Not later, it didn’t take time, He did it NOW, TODAY.  He said we would do this and more.

Both the Faith of one praying, and the one needing prayer can be a reason for healing, or lack thereof.

Acts 14:8-10
King James Version (KJV)
And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,  Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

The one seeking healing must have Faith and the one praying must be bold, full of Faith and able to speak and  pray an effectual fervent prayer.
(James 5:16)

This is complicated by the fact that God, although always there, sometimes tests us.  We cannot always sense His Presence.

Song of Solomon 5:6
King James Version (KJV)
I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

Lamentations 3:8
King James Version (KJV)
Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.”

Lamentations 3:44
King James Version (KJV)
Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.”

He is testing us.  We must continue to seek His face.  How badly do we need and want Him.

Lamentations 3:26
King James Version (KJV)
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:40-41
King James Version (KJV)
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.   Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

We also need to realize that God can and does what He pleases.  Godly people can be sick for Gods reasons.

Philippians 2:13
King James Version (KJV)
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:27
King James Version (KJV)
For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.”  (Speaking of Timothy)

We must learn, in everything to give thanks.

Do not give excuses for Gods lack of action, they are not Biblical

If you do not see the answer you would like, continue to lift it to the Lord, in thanksgiving and prayer.

Our job is to believe and act on that belief.  It is up to God to comfort those we pray for. 

We should not try to explain.  We have no idea what He is doing in their lives. 

SO DO NOT, GIVE EXCUSES FOR THE LORD NOT ANSWERING YOUR PRAYER.

It is between them and God, teach them to seek His face.

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He may be doing a more important work, within them. Trust and Obey.  

Lord help us please, to have Faith in You.  Amen

The Isolated (dying) Church: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Why are our Churches dying?  Too many of them are closed (isolated), systems. 

The Baptists only listen to and learn from other Baptists. 

Methodists with Methdists, ect… 

We stay within our Denominations and Doctrines.

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Or worse, the only teaching our Church receives is from it’s Pastor.  (No guest speakers, teachers, other voices).

This is somewhat understandable.

Our Pastors, are mandated, by God to lead and grow the flock.   It is an awesome responsibility.  They must guard against error. 

Unfortunately, that can squelch growth in the knowledge of, and the working of, the Spirit.

A healthy Church us one that is growing in Wisdom and Knowledge, always moving closer to Godly principles, desires and Gods power. 

(Sorry, Jesus healed all that were afflicted, multitudes flocked to Him, is He present in your services?  Are people yearning to learn?  Is the Holy Spirit changing lives?)

If your Church isn’t growing, the people are not receiving the food, needed for growth.

Is your church an isolated system?

The internal energy of an isolated system stays constant.   The entropy of an isolated system tends to increase.

If we don’t allow new Biblical revelation to be explored, if all we can share is:

This is what I’ve been taught, and by God, that’s all there is.  That is all we need.”

We are starving ourselves, and our flocks,  we are not allowing the Holy Spirit freedom to lead.

Sadly, our church is not receiving the meat of the word.  We must always seek more of God, expect His Holy Spirit to lead us to all truth.

Luther, the Wesleys, Billy Graham,  like the Pope, did not and do not have all spiritual knowledge.

We all see through a glass darkly, only the Holy Spirit can open our eyes to truth and then, only when we allow the light of truth into our lives.

We need to constantly challenge our faith, grow in our faith, allow other points of view, into our Chuches, ask the hard questions of our Pastors, teachers, always comparing what we hear, to the Word, to see if it is true.

It is our responsibility to study to show ourselves approved unto God, rightly dividing the Word of truth.

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Saints, a closed system is a stagnant system.  It is impossible to grow and florish.  We as individuals, need to go to Church to grow, our Churches need to be open to Biblical Revelation for growth.

Our Church needs to be an open system, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to all truth.

Lord, open the eyes of our hearts.  Amen

I say unto thee, Arise 4: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

This finally brings me back to my original thoughts and message of this scipture.  Sorry it has been a long and tortures journey.

Jesus said:

Luke 7
King James Version (KJV)
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.”

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And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.”

Raising the dead, healing the sick, comforting the broken hearted.  Jesus saw, had compassion, touched them, then spoke what they needed into existance.

From the beginning God said.  In the New Testament, Jesus said:

Are ye also yet without understanding?

It is written

Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.

He directs us to truth, it is up to us to believe.

Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”

Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Release unto God that which you hold in closest, let the Lord have that place in your heart.

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.”

Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.”

I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger;”

Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Neither do I condemn thee:

If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Can we believe  Do we believe?  Are we resting in, trusting in, letting Him rule and reign in our lives.

Are you hearing Him speak to you, through His Word, acting apon in?  Not only must we hear and act, we must learn to speak, His will, His words, His desire.

Matthew 17:20
King James Version (KJV)
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

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ONLY BELIEVE AND NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE UNTO YOU.

Faith is believing God IS, and believing HE IS a rewarder of those who seek HIM.

Lord, help us to seek Your face.  Help us to speak Your will into existence.

I say unto thee, Arise 2: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

When I wrote the first post on this scripture, I got lost in compassion.  I hope to bring out the other qualities Jesus displayed this trip.

Luke 7
King James Version (KJV)
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

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And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.   And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.   And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

Raising the dead, healing the sick, comforting the broken hearted.  Jesus saw them, had compassion on them and “touched them“.

Matthew 8:3
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

Matthew 17:7
And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.”

Matthew 20:34
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Mark 1:41
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.”

Mark 5:27
When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.”

Luke 8:45
And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

Luke 8:46
And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.”

The touch of Jesus is what heals, saves and sets us free.  He longs to touch all of us.  He stands at the door of our hearts, knocking.

Have we let Him in?  Have we let Him control our lives, our hearts, our minds?  He reaches out to us.

He also recognizes when we reach out and touch Him.  I believe this is the quickest route to receiving what we need.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

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Where is this throne of grace?   AT THE FEET OF JESUS. 

We must learn to sit at His feet, become one who loves Him.  Learn to touch the hem of His garment.  Lead us to those still waters Lord, please.  Amen

I say unto thee, Arise 3: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

When I wrote the first post on this scripture, I got lost in compassion.  I hope to bring out the other qualities Jesus displayed this trip.

Luke 7
King James Version (KJV)
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

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And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.   And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.   And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

Raising the dead, healing the sick, comforting the broken hearted.  Jesus had compassion on them because “He first saw them.”

Mark 2:5
When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”

Mark 10:14
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

Mark 12:34
And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.”

Luke 13:12
And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

Luke 18:24
And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

John 5:6
When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

It was opened eyes that led Him to compassion, we must learn to see, and recognize the Lords hand and plan.

Then we must learn to act. 

Only then the world will see, know, consider and understand that our God is alive and able to do exceedingly abudantly above all we ask or imagine.

Isaiah 41:20
That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

The Gifts of the Spirit were given to build His Church.  Shouldn’t we see them and learn their use?  Sign posts to the Kingdom, need to be read, to be understood.

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Open our eyes, Lord.  Amen

I say unto thee, Arise. The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Luke 7
King James Version (KJV)
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

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And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.   And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.   And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

Raising the dead, healing the sick, comforting the broken hearted.  “He had compassion on her.” 

We keep seeing this:
com·pas·sion
noun
: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc. 

Jesus:
He had compassion

he was moved with compassion on them,”

Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”

I have compassion on the multitude,”

Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.”

Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.”

Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them,”

I have compassion on the multitude,”

From Abram, praying for the Righteous, in Sodom and Gomorrah, to Moses, praying for the Hebrews, when the Lord was ready to destroy them.

The Lord acts in and on the behalf of those with “compassion on others.”  He gives “Words of Wisdom and Knowledge”,  “Shall I hide this thing from Abram?”   From those who care beyond themselves.

I firmly believe we would see miracles, signs and wonders, at the point of our having, true compassion for others.  

When like Moses, we can say:
Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.  Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

I have seen it in my own walk.  Someone I cared for was sick, I asked the Lord, to heal her, to give it to me.  I felt His power, she was healed.  (I didn’t receive the sickness, God took it).

I believe this to be an important ingredient to being allowed to exercise the power of healings, miracles, signs and wonders.

compassion

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,

whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

And of some have compassion, making a difference:”

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Compassion, may be the difference between life and death, sickness and health.  Power and hot air.

Lord, help me to see, understand and have compassion on those in need of Your touch.

A Simple Biblical Truth, Revisited: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Romans 10:9-10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

A Simple Truth:
Believe and Confess/Confess and Believe.  They go together like a horse and carriage, or  love and marriage.

Which comes first? 

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Today it is anyones guess,…  but historically;  The horse pulled the carriage,  Love led to marriage and believing leads to confession.

As Christians, belief and confession is the only, acceptable road to Salvation.  I know of no other path to the Father except through the Son.

Taking this as truth, we should live this:

Mark 16:
these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”  Jesus to believers.

Why do we see so few signs:
(: something (such as an action or event) which shows that something else exists, is true, or will happen).  Websters definition.

We see very few wonders:
(: a feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.
: something that is surprising or hard to believe).  Webster again.

“SHALL FOLLOW”  Do they?  IF SO;  THEY ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.

For well over 35 years, I have been telling myself, these things are not happening because:
➤  “I cannot be trusted”:
1.  To give Him the Glory.
           2.  To remain faithful and true.
           3.  To humble myself to His will.

➤  “I am not Spititual enough to be used”:
            I am not walking in the light, life and in the power of His Yoke.  I am not at rest in Him.  I am not in tune with His will.

This all may be true, for me, but, what is your excuse?

IT IS ALL NONSENCE: 

Jesus, did not give any conditions, or experation dates… THE ONLY CONDITION… IS BELIEVE.

As we must confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, to be Saved, we must confess His will and Word to see results. 

Signs and Wonders, should be and must be the natural result of our belief.  If we do not see them we have a problem with our belief.

The problem is if?  If it is Your will?  Really, did you not understant what He said?

THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW”. 
Who?
THOSE THAT BELIEVE”.

That should be you and me.

We will see signs and wonders following, when we learn the simple truth.  Believe and Confess.

Yes, that simple..  “Be healed in the Name of Jesus.”  Be thou removed in the Name of Jesus.”

It is the Name of Jesus, that holds the power of resurection, healing, deliverance, recovery of sight, hearing, a sound mind.

We confess Salvation, because we believe.

We need to confess and believe to see…

Does it make sense?  Not really, then again Salvation is a fact, and, still a mystery.

Start to stand on Gods Word, Believe Gods Word, ACT ON GODS WORD.

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Saints, the Devil is in our (unspoken), Doctrine.  Speak, Believe and See the Salvation of God.

Blessed:

I was Blessed today by the opportunity to preach at Sea Leval UMC and at Cedar Island UMC.

Best time I’ve had in quite a while.   I spoke on One Thing,  from Joshua, David, Jesus, Paul and Peter.

It boils down to taking His Yoke and walking with Him.   If I could figure out how, I would include an audio copy.

I have not had any luck in the past, altho, I pay the extra so I should be able to.  Any ideas.

thanks,
bill

Take good heed unto yourselves: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Joshua 23:11-16
King James Version (KJV)
Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God.”

Good advise from Joshua. 

As darkness desires to overcome,  to cover and overtake the earth.  We in our ignorance, have welcomed, encouraged and even sought it. 

All in the hope of hiding, (if only from ourselves), the sorry state of our souls.

We  have given ungodly men the authority to lead our government, allowed the ungodly to rule in our highest courts, elected the ungodly to our highest offices.

The entertainment we welcome into our homes, degrades our morals, is diminishing our intelligence, tickles and encourages the worst, of that, which is, within us.

Sin is no longer shameful.  It is lawful, even encouraged.  We are leading our children to believe, there are no standards, of right and wrong, male or female,  good and evil.

The only thing we can do is:  “Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God.

The only way to overcome this darkness is by shining the light of truth upon it.  We must transform ourselves into lovers of God, instead of sin.

Our light must shine brightly, to show the way out of darkness.  Our hearts must be full of His love, His Grace, even His Mercy.  To be ready to pull the lost and dying out of the fire and into the light.

The only way we will win, is to:  “Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God.

Let the love of God shine through.  Amen

Church, (Houston), We have a problem: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Apollo 13, was a wonderful movie.  Even though we knew the end, it had us on the edge of our seats.

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Unfortunately, like Apollo 13, the Church has a problem.  Possibly just as deadly as that problem in space, that we don’t recognize or understand.

No, we aren’t running out of breathable air, (from God made, climate change), or having problems reentering the earths atmosphere.

No, our problem is bringing the Church into the Spiritual Realm of God, teaching, igniting the desire, of His church, to abide in His atmosphere. (Praise, for the Lord inhabits the Praise of His people).

We love the Lord.   (He wants us to love one another).

We sing about the Lords Love, His Grace, We  Praise His Might, Wisdom, Power.

We long to learn about His ways, His wants, His desires.

We talk about prayer, we talk about His healing Power, we talk about worship…. but do we?

This my friends, is the problem.

We sing about Him – WE NEED TO SING TO HIM.
We learn about Him – WE NEED TO KNOW HIM.
We talk about the Holy Place, (the secret place – WE NEED TO ENTER IN.

This is a distinction I have had a hard time teaching the wonderful UMC, I lead music in.

They love The Lord and to sing of the Promised Land,  Prayer, the Old Country Church.  Anything with a lot of verses, that tells a story.

They do not understand that when we sing the Psalms, the Word of God, it is not a mindless repetition, but thought full reflection, a meditation, it is prayer, in song.

When we sing His Word, we are singing His will.  We are displaying our love for Him and His Word.  We acknowledge, His Majesty.

Psalm 5:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

Psalm 84:11-12
King James Version (KJV)
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.  O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Psalm 37:23-24
King James Version (KJV)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”

Isaiah 55:12
King James Version (KJV)
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Singing the Psalms, the word of God, to God, releases the Spirit of God, to move and show Himself strong in our lives.

We find ourselves memorizing His Word, being filled with His Spirit, His Faith, Hope and Love…

If we allow ourselves to be lost in the melody, to become one in the Spirit, one with God.  We find the Grace and Mercy, we seek, in our times of need.

Praise, becomes a song to our love, not about, we begin to know Him, (Biblically), not with our intellect, but with our hearts, He becomes our hearts desire.  Our all in all.

Lord, help me to love You.  Help me to be full of Your Spirit, to Walk in Your Ways, under the direction of Your Spirit.

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Help me to be immersed, full to overflowing with Your Spirit of Love and Grace.

May you be lifted up in my life.  Amen

A Bride and true Love: Shared from

Shared from thelordismyshepardblog

April 21, 2016 Christian living, Spiritual living biblical revelation, Christianity serving God, loving Jesus. following God, Relationship, Religion
Have you ever seen….? number 3 – http://wp.me/p6XdMR-Aa

My friend jacqui had this on her blog, http://thelordismyshepardblog.wordpress.com

I shared it on April 21, 20/16.  I cannot let it go.  I believe it speaks of the church I play piano at.   I’ve never been able to explain.

Maybe this does.  What do you think?

kirjath sepher
Have you ever seen or heard of a bride that sings a billion songs, a billion times over, about him, but sings very few songs to him…in their trysting place? just the two of them?

Have you ever seen or heard of a bride that writes billions of books, a billion times over, about him, but doesn’t know him in the biblical sense of the word?

Have you ever seen or heard of a bride whose priority is to learn about him, rather than to be with him?…in their trysting place? just the two of them?

…a bride that doesn’t know where the trysting place is? when the trysting place is? why the trysting place is?

Please speak to me